New (old) vinyl: Tom Robinson – War Baby

Tom Robinson - War Baby
Tom Robinson – War Baby
Tom Robinson - War Baby
Tom Robinson – War Baby

This is one of my all time favourite Tom Robinson tracks. It really is excellent. I’d more or less forgotten the song, so when I stumbled over it I was really pleased. Now that I have the 7″ I thought I’d find a digital version too. Could I find it anywhere? No, not anywhere at all! What’s that about?

I tried to find it on CD and those are hard to come by too. I’ll keep searching.

New (old) vinyl: YMO – Firecracker / Technopolis

YMO - Firecracker / Technopolis
YMO – Firecracker / Technopolis
YMO - Firecracker / Technopolis
YMO – Firecracker / Technopolis

I’ve liked bits and pieces of YMO for years, but I’ve more enjoyed the work of the individual members of YMO more. So I thought I’d pick this up and see what it was like. Another good find at my local second hand record store.

New (old) vinyl: Eurythmics – Sexcrime (1984)

Eurythimcs - Sex Crime
Eurythimcs – Sex Crime
Eurythmics - Sex Crime - B side
Eurythmics – Sex Crime – B side

This was a brilliant single on a great album which should have been an amazing soundtrack to the film 1984. I still don’t really know why it wasn’t the soundtrack in the end. It would have worked really well I think.

Another great find from my local second hand record store.

The Oxted Beer Festival

I haven’t gone every year, but I think I have for the last few, and it’s been ok. My big gripe with this beer festival is the cost. It’s more expensive than the Great British Beer Festival and is no way near as good! So why does it cost so much, and why has it gone up in price year after year? I don’t get it.

The beer wasn’t bad. They didn’t run out, which was a positive as they did run out last year. The music was ok. Friday night was better than Saturday. Saturday started well and got progressively worse as the evening went on.

So I’m not sure that this festival is going to be on my list if it keeps on getting more and more expensive for less and less value. It’s a shame, but if the organisers can’t make it work without putting up prices by 20-25% every year, then they’re doing something very wrong.

Doctor Who, Shadow of the Past

Shadow of the Past
Shadow of the Past

This was a recommendation from the Big Finish site and I thought I’d really l really wanted to hear it because it was read by Caroline Johns herself and I thought her Liz Shaw was a great companion.

This story was excellent. A bit more cerebral a story and I was glad for it. I have to say that I really enjoyed it and so much so that I think I’ll probably try a few more Liz Shaw stories.